Processing of multichannel recordings for data-mining algorithms

Oren Shmiel, Tomer Shmiel, Yaron Dagan, Mina Teicher

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Data Mining, or knowledge discovery, is the computer-assisted process of digging through and analyzing large quantity of data in order to extract meaningful knowledge. Data mining methods are used in many studies to identify phenomena quicker and better than human experts. One class of these methods was designed for dealing with time series data. However, when several channels of data are collected simultaneously, data mining algorithms encounter numerous difficulties since channels may be measured in different units, may be recorded at different sampling-rates, or may have completely different characteristics. Furthermore, as the size of these data increases, the amount of irrelevant data usually increases as well and the process becomes impractical. Hence, in such cases, the analyst must be capable of focusing on the informational parts while ignoring the noise data. These kinds of difficulties complicate the analysis of multichannel data as compared to the analysis of single-channel data. This paper presents a useful technique for preprocessing multi channel data. Our technique supplies tools for coping with all the above-mentioned difficulties, and prepares the data for further analysis (using common algorithms, especially from the data mining field). The paper is divided as follows. After the introduction (Section I) we describe the state of the art (Section II), follows by the main section - methodology (Section III) which is divided to four steps (3.2-3.5). The results are described in a separate section (Section IV). Then, a discussion and conclusions of the proposed methodology are given in (Sections V and VI). Acknowledgements and the references follow.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13
Pages (from-to)444-453
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Data mining
  • Multi-channel
  • Multichannel
  • Multivariable
  • Recordings
  • Signal discretization
  • Signal quantization


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